Iconic Toronto Streetcars

About the Project

Iconic Toronto Streetcars aka The Streetcar Project is a crowd funded publication by Tdot Shots. We welcome your contributions and donations.

Kinds of streetcars

Can you name the kinds of streetcars?
Which is CLRV, PCC and Flexity?
Tap icon for answer.

The Art Car

A Streetcar Named Toronto appeared on the city streets in 2019. Otherwise known as CLRV #4178, the streetcar was painted by a dedicated crew led by artist Jacquie Comrie. This special streetcar operated on downtown streets in the final year of the iconic CLRV’s operation. In this image, the streetcar is operating as a 504 King streetcar with the destination of Greenwood and Queen.

About the Project


Why the Streetcar Project?

We launched the Streetcar Project because we are passionate about streetcars and photography.

Streetcars are not your normal transit rolling stock. They are special. They are arguably more comfortable than buses and more visible than subways, strongly connected to street life and city culture.

Photographers are crazy about streetcars. That pop of red of the TTC vehicles gets the pulse racing. We all love transit photography, particularly these wonderful streetcars.

Please consider getting involved. Hope you appreciate the hard work we’ve put in and that many of you will support with a donation or contribution. Thank you from the team.


Winter streetcars on Spadina Ave

Photo by Tyler on Adobe Stock

Streetcars of Toronto

From the PCC to the CLRV to the modern Flexity Outlook, the streetcars of the city are an essential aspect of the urban streetscape and landscape.

Can you name the TTC streetcars in the image below? Which is your favourite? Try to identify each one and click the hotspot for more information.

CLRV streetcar travels west on Dundas St. at University Ave. circa 2010

TTC Trivia

Did You Know?

Toronto has the largest streetcar transit system in North America.

The system is operated by the TTC, also known as the Toronto Transit Commission. The system also operates bus routes and subway lines in partnership with a Greater Toronto Area regional agency called Metrolinx.

The TTC celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2021. Happy birthday! 🎉

Learn more about the Toronto streetcar system and the TTC history.

ICONIC TTC LOGO

Toronto Transit Commission logo circa 2000s

Old TTC logo with yellow red colour scheme

The “Art Car”

A Streetcar Named Toronto appeared on the city streets in 2019. Otherwise known as CLRV #4178, the streetcar was painted by a dedicated crew led by artist Jacquie Comrie. This special streetcar operated on downtown streets in the final year of the iconic CLRV’s operation. In this image, the streetcar is operating as a 504 King streetcar with the destination of Greenwood and Queen.

Toronto Photo Walks and Walking Tours

Join our events including photo walk meetups and private walking tours

Our tour features a stop at the intersection of Spadina and College

Contribute

Get Involved with Our Project

In summer 2023, we will publish a crowd-funded and crowd-sourced photo magazine, Iconic Toronto: Streetcars. It will be a full-size magazine with beautiful archival and contemporary photography and essays written by transit and photography enthusiasts.

Future editions: Iconic Toronto Waterfront, Iconic Toronto Architecture,

Join us

Join our walking tours and photography meetups, contribute articles and photos to our blog, and get involved with the magazine project.

Volunteers are welcome. Photographers and writers may apply to contribute. We look forward to collaborating with you. If you have any questions please reach out.

Mike Simpson

Founder
Iconic Toronto

Iconic Toronto is a project by Tdot Shots & the Toronto photography community.

CREDITS: All photographs on this page by Mike Simpson aka Tdot Mike, or public domain, or by the following: CLRV x2 image by @jackjustjumped and pedestrians and streetcar in the rain by @ttc_photography_7300. Spadina Ave winter streetcars by Tyler / Adobe Stock. Feature image at top of page from Toronto Archives.

One response to “Iconic Toronto Streetcars Move the City”

  1. tdotshots Avatar

    We are really excited to see what the community of Toronto writers and photographers creates for this project. Have fun and can’t wait for the publication! 😀

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